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Monthly Review – June

The first week of the month started with One Mobile Ring reporting the Sony Ericsson Xperia pro has gone on sale, whilst new games came to the Xperia Play, Nokia’s X7 went on sale and DLNA came to Symbian.

Early on in the week, the iOS 5 was announced, the HTC ChaCha arrived on Three and an expansion pack came to the Xperia Play, where Apple’s iPhone 4 is now available free.

Midweek, Vodafone’s Smart went on sale, the HTC Sensation handset lost exclusivity, Vodafone leaked a BlackBerry handset and Motorola got wild.

Later on in the week, Orange and T-Mobile are opening 30 more joint stores, Vodafone dropped Samsung, the Sony Ericsson Karaoke phone arrived and Vodafone tangoed with the ChaCha.

At the end of the week, HP announced the arrival date and cost of TouchPad and One Mobile Ring announced another chance to win a JCB executive clock.


The second week of the month began with One Mobile Ring reporting the BlackBerry PlayBook will arrive a day early, where instant messaging has come to Nokia phones, Orange launched a Spanish branded handset and we published an intro to our Tough mobile phones feature.

Earlier on in the week, a new version of Swype arrived, where the Motorola Atrix is to go on sale SIM free and the LG Optimus 3D phone has been delayed.

Midweek, Google updated mobile search, Vodafone got a big ego, whilst HTC dropped Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 only to reverse its decision a day later, where HD calling has come to Three.

Later on in the week, Virgin Mobile flipped for Alcatel, Karaoke came to Shazam and we published the review and testing of the Motorola Defy, whilst HP Palm Pre 3 cost and shipping date was leaked.


The third week of the month started with One Mobile Ring reporting the HTC Sensation has come to Three, Samsung’s flip phone arrived on Virgin Mobile, the Motorola Pro cost and arrival date was unveiled and we published the review and testing of the JCB Sitemaster.

Earlier on in the week, Nokia announced their first MeeGo handset, Orange unveiled a T-shirt that can recharge a mobile phone, Nokia brought out trio of new handsets and Huawei launched new Android tablet.

Midweek, the HP TouchPad went on sale, ITV’s iPlayer came to Android, where Sony Ericsson announced three new mobile phones and Froyo arrived on the Moto Defy

Later on in the week, Three announced they are to get the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray, Nokia Windows Phone 7 mobile is arriving in October, where the Nokia Windows Phone 7 handset was leaked and the HTC Sensation is now available SIM free and unlocked


The fourth week of the month began with Archos revamping their Android tablet range, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 arrival date was announced, where the HTC Desire is to get Gingerbread soon and HTC launched a 3D mobile phone.

Earlier on in the week, Vodafone gets the HTC Evo 3D phone, CoPilot 9 came to Android, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 sees £100 price cut and Gingerbread comes to Three.

Midweek, a new Nokia handset was made available, Vodafone is exclusively getting the Sony Ericsson Xperia neo in red, TAG Heuer luxury phone goes on sale for £3,600 and T-Mobile sells HTC ‘Facebook’phone.

Later on in the week, an unseen Orange phone skated in to view, LG Optimus 3D arrives a week early, unlimited internet access came to T-Mobile, whilst video calling comes to Skype, on Android.


The biggest story of the first week came from Apple, who unveiled the latest update to their mobile device platform in the iOS 5, found on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch products.

Apple previewed at the event iOS 5 and at the same time released a beta version to the developer program members. IOS 5 brings with it 200 new features, which includes Notification Center, iMessage, Newsstand and Twitter integration.

The new notification center delivers an easy way to view and manage notifications in one place without any interruption, where iMessage is a new messaging service that allows the sending of text messages, photos and videos between all iOS devices and from one app.

Apple’s Newsstand is a new way to purchase and organise newspaper and magazine subscriptions, where there’s now a new PC free set up feature that allows activation and software updates over the air – with no computer required.

Twitter will be integrated into iOS 5, where once signed in the users can directly tweet from twitter enabled apps, such as Photos, Camera, Safari, YouTube and Maps where third party developers can now develop Twitter better integration too.

The new platform is due to arrive this fall, for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch supported devices.


The most significant piece of the second week came from HTC, who first announced Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 won’t be rolled out to their former flagship Desire handset and then reversed its decision and WILL now be deploying the Gingerbread platform.

HTC announced from their HTC UK Facebook account a message that reads – ‘Our engineering teams have been working hard for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience you’ve come to expect from our phones.’

The message goes on to state: ‘However, we’re sorry to announce that we’ve been forced to accept there isn’t enough memory to allow us both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire. We’re sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you’.

A new message was posted a day later by HTC, that simply reads ‘Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire‘.

The previous piece of news caused some controversy, with mobile phone networks such as Three reportedly stating back in May that HTC Desire handsets on their network would be seeing the update to Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 in June.

Three posted a message on Twitter to respond to HTC’s news, in a message from their @ThreeUK account that reads: ‘Unfortunately, due to hardware constraints, HTC won’t be able to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire. Apologies to any Desire users who have…’


The largest piece of news from the third week came from Nokia, who has had its first ever Microsoft Windows Phone 7 handset accidently leaked by its own CEO, which has been caught on video with the code name of ‘SeaRay’.

Hungarian technology news website has published images of the Nokia-Microsoft collaborative mobile phone in addition to footage, from an event hosted by Stephen Elopak the CEO of Nokia.

This was from the same event where the Nokia’s N9 MeeGo handset was announced, where the head of the Finnish fone company treated members of the audience to a sneak preview of what’s still to come this year - the first Windows Phone 7 driven Nokia handset.

Stephen Elopak asked the crowd attending the event to put away any recording devices that could capture pictures of the much awaited mobile phone, where clearly one person didn’t adhere the request and carried on filming.


The biggest story of the fourth week came from HTC, who announced their once-only America sold 3D mobile phone for the UK, in the HTC Evo 3D.

The HTC Evo 3D was launched back in March and solely for the USA market and on the Sprint network, but no news came whether the handset would make it across to the pond – until now.

HTC’s first Android based 3D mobile phone arrives in a similar vein to the LG Optimus 3D, with the ability to be able to view 3D media without the need for any special glasses along with being able to capture 3D images and video too.

Evo 3D has a 4.3-inch qHD touch screen with a stereoscopic display, which creates the 3D effect where there’s also a dual 5 megapixel camera on-board for capturing 3D video and pictures in high definition, up to 720p. The same set of specifications can be found in the LG Optimus 3D handset, although that mobile can actually capture full 1080p HD video in 2D where the HTC device cannot.

Driving the phone is the 1.2Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, whereas LG has opted for the Texas Instruments dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 chipset with 8GB of built-in storage with HTC only providing 1GB.

The handset arrives with Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3, with the HTC Sense overlay to the platform that has been enhanced to take advantage of the 3D capabilities of the phone and in the same way as the LG Optimus 3D accompanying UI.


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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.